Fatigue is a symptom of a number of different illnesses and just about all infections, including MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). When the body is fighting off illness or infection, it can strain the body and cause fatigue. Early stages of an infection may go unnoticed but as it progresses (with or without treatment) it will start taking its toll on the body. Fatigue is just one symptom of MRSA. Recognizing the other symptoms will help with diagnosing it early so that treatment can be started promptly and avoid the spread of the infection. For some patients, fatigue may remain after treatment of the infection begins.
With a MRSA infection, the body can become fatigued. The severity of the fatigue will vary depending on the extent of the spread of the bacteria in the body and if there is any pre-existing factors that may cause fatigue. Symptoms of fatigue include the following:
- Lack of energy
- Increased need for sleep
- Inability to be motivated
Some people who have MRSA experience fatigue because of other illnesses or depression. A healthcare professional can determine the cause or causes of fatigue so that it can be treated.
Causes of Fatigue
Though MRSA and other bacterial infection can cause fatigue, there are also additional illnesses and conditions that cause fatigue. Other causes can include the following:
- Viral infection
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Sleep disorders
- Thyroid imbalance
- Heart problems
- Undiagnosed illness
Tests can be done to determine what the cause of the fatigue is. Sometimes when there is another health factor that caused susceptibility to MRSA the result of the combination of the existing illness and this infection can cause fatigue. It may not occur with either illness individually.
Treatment for MRSA Fatigue
As with any health condition that causes fatigue, the treatment goal will be to cure the disease when possible. When the MRSA infection is under control, the fatigue will lesson. As the body heals, energy will return. Some of the ways to reduce fatigue symptoms include the following:
- Maintain blood sugar levels
- Get adequate sleep
- Rule out undiagnosed health issues
- Eat a healthy diet
- Have a positive outlook
- Treat any contributing health condition
- Take antibiotics to fight infection
- Lighten schedule
With chronic illness it will be important to have a support network and do what you can, when you can. Put aside pride and denial so that you can get the help you need on a regular basis. Prioritize and save your energy for the important things that need to be done.
The Spread of MRSA and Fatigue
As the infection spreads, other areas of the body and the organs may become infected. When the bacteria gets in the heart or lungs it can make it difficult for the body to get enough oxygen, which can cause fatigue. Lab tests and an exam can determine the cause of MRSA fatigue.
The sooner you talk to your healthcare professional about your fatigue, the sooner you can find out if it is caused by MRSA.